Olympic gold medallist and reigning World Champion Natalya Verbiova defeated Germany’s Maria Selmaier in the 72kg weight category in Rome. With this, the Russian added a third European Championships title under her belt.
Natalya had a strong start to her championships campaign beating Turkey’s Merve Pul 10-0 in the quarterfinal round. She went on to overcome Ukraine’s Alina Stadnik in the semifinal match 4-2.
Apart from the three European Championships titles, Natalya has won many more honours in her wrestling career. Some of the major titles to her name are the gold and silver medals in London and Rio Olympics respectively. She had also won the 2015 and 2019 World Championships and the previous two European Championships titles in 2013 and 2014. As a junior wrestler too she had won the World Junior Championships in 2009, 2010.
The four-time champion dominated the quarterfinals with a 12-0 victory over Poland’s Kamila Kulwicka of Poland. She reciprocated her knockouts performance in the semi-final, overpowering France’s Pauline Lecarpentier 10-0 to cement her place in the finals.